Tag: TPMs. circimvention

By-passing paywall and circumventing TPM sinks fair dealing defense: Blacklock’s Reporter v CVABy-passing paywall and circumventing TPM sinks fair dealing defense: Blacklock’s Reporter v CVA



Does by-passing a subscription paywall to access a news article violate the new prohibitions in the Copyright Act that make it an infringement to circumvent a technological protection measure (TPM)? Yes, according to a decision just released by an Ontario court in 395804 Ontario Limited (Blacklock’s Reporter) v Canadian Vintners Association, 2015 CanLII 65885 (ON SCSM). Can a defendant rely on the new fair dealing defense for education to excuse the copying if the defendant illegally accessed the work by circumventing a TPM to do so?